“Paradise Square” New Civil War Musical Set in the Five Points Opens


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From the review:

Just wait until the first dance-off.

Up until that point, you might have a hard time connecting with Berkeley Rep’s “Paradise Square: A New Musical.” It’s not for want of redolent material. The show — whose world premiere opened Thursday, Jan. 10, under the direction of Moisés Kaufman — chronicles the little-known chapter of Civil War history in Manhattan’s Five Points neighborhood, where black and Irish residents, both regarded as outsiders by the rest of the country, forged an amicable coexistence, complete with interracial friendships, marriages and business partnerships.
 


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